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A voltammetric study of galena immersed in acetate solution at pH 4.6


The electrochemistry of galena in an acetate solution at pH 4.6 has been studied through the use of linear sweep voltammetry. Analysis of the voltammograms for anodic limits as high as 845 mV indicates that S0 is the sulphur-bearing species generated during the oxidative dissolution of galena. Furthermore, interpretation of the electrochemical data on the basis of thermodynamic considerations indicates that galena interacts with the acetate electrolyte and that Pb(CH3COO)2(aq) is also produced during anodic oxidation. When the scan direction is reversed in the cathodic direction, the oxidation products are removed by two reduction reactions when the solution is quiescent: the recombination of Pb(CH3COO)2 and S0 to form PbS and the reduction of S0 to H2S. In a stirred solution, only the second reaction is possible. Experiments conducted in the presence of 10−3 or 10−2 M lead acetate indicate that the presence of dissolved lead tends to inhibit the dissolution process. Furthermore, metallic lead can begin to deposit on the galena surface when the potential drops below about −330 mV SHE. The data also agree most closely with thermodynamics when Pb(CH3COO)2 is considered to be the aqueous species involved in the deposition and dissolution of metallic lead.

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Pritzker, M.D., Yoon, R.H. A voltammetric study of galena immersed in acetate solution at pH 4.6. J Appl Electrochem 18, 323–332 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01093744

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  • Reduction Reaction
  • Galena
  • Anodic Oxidation
  • Dissolution Process
  • Aqueous Species